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Deceased treasurer accused of embezzling $130,000+
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TOWN OF GRATIOT - The late Robert Lee Hermanson, the former treasurer for the Gratiot Fire District in Lafayette County, is under investigation for allegedly embezzling more than $130,000 over the last five years. Hermanson died of an apparent suicide April 9, the day after he was asked by Gratiot municipal officials about the lack of money in the fire district fund. Prior to Hermanson's death, Gratiot Village attorney Duane Jorgenson said, municipal officials found unexplained expenses pulled from the fire district's checking account.